Polo and Hip-Hop, an Oral History [Pt. 2]

8. 2006 – Polo Goes South:

With a more exaggerated twist on the Polo look, Atlanta’s Young Dro hits the scene in Polo’s fluorescent shirts and checkered shorts. The distinct style becomes a large part of Dro’s image and makes him the unofficial face of Southern hip-hop’s obsession with ‘Lo along with rappers like Pimp C and Lil Boosie.

Young Dro: I mean, that was just how I kicked it. I didn’t own a pair of tennis shoes in high school. I didn’t really like wearing tennis shoes. I liked skippers and loafers and polo boots. I was so accustomed to it that I didn’t even wanna wear anything else. It’s what made me feel good. It wasn’t a fad to me, it was like a way of living. Everybody else, they started switching up, wearing Coogie, Iceburg, all kinds of stuff was coming out; I was still in a blue Polo suit with the golf sticks all over it. With the actual shoe that had a little leather with the gator on it. I stayed in my ‘Lo.

VADO: I loved it. It got me hype. The same way Kanye did it, it got me hype. ‘Cause when they was doin’ it, I was doin’ it. So, it got me hype when I see him in the “Top Back (Remix)” with the light green khakis, lime green, with the pink golf with the lime green vans. That’s my type of shit.

88-Keys:
After I found out about Young Dro, it sparked a topic of conversation amongst friends towards me. Or back when I was on Twitter heavy, people would be like, “Yo, what do you think about Young Dro and his Polo collection?” So then I did a little research, haphazardly, I did research like, “Oh, OK he rocks Polo.” But I saw what he was rockin’ and how he was rockin’ it. So I was like, “Hey, that’s his thing.” I don’t do it. Again, I haven’t even dug too deep into seeing what he’s all about or seeing what he’s all about and what his attraction to Polo is or anything like that.

Dallas Penn:
When Young Dro is wearing it, he’s wearing it for the same reason that I was wearing it 23 years ago, 24 years ago. So in the end, it’s still the same thing. We’re still talking the same language. Even if we’re not speaking about the same pieces or same designs. Or the same items, we’re still talking about it for the same reason. Because we wanna aspire to something more than we’re doing right now. Something greater than we’re doing right now.

  • http://www.jcalderon.com J.Calderon

    Trick Daddy: Are those Burgle Boy jeans you’re wearing? Hell no Ho, you know they’re Polo.

  • JAFFEjoe

    lol my nigga 88 keys a fool for that poncho story… hahahahaha

  • http://www.poloparties.ning.com POLO PRINCE SEMINOLE SEMI-LO The Big Bad woLf LOsceoLa Sport

    aLL You been had POLO Dudes are Funny! Get your LO up b4 You Show up. 2Ls up & 2nd to NONE, AhhWooo!

  • Father AL

    C’mon son! Nobody said P-wing?!?! Stadium ?!?!

  • Smear

    good shit. XXL NEEDS to follow this up with a feature on the Lo-Lifes: Thirstin Howl III deserves his shine as does up and comin Lo-Life Mehyem Lauren. For that “been had Polo” dude and YoungDro they need to see the true heat the Polo-Rican and Meyhem keep in their closet. Just Blaze and Dallas are crazy with that shit too…… I’d kill for their collection… or Just’s Bank balance.

  • dutchmaster

    what a good article….im coming up in the late 80s, 90s just at the end of the good era (wu-tang, grand puba) to the mid/late 90s…..i remember really being into nautica and tommy….when that shit came out about him being racist, he definitely took a hit, i only bought a little bit of nautica and mostly polo from then on…..and i can’t remember when i’ve bought any other kind of high designer “hip hop” brand other than polo

  • Suicide Kobain

    No mention of Grand Puba?

  • http://www.spag-lo.com SPAG-LO

    AS STATED BEFORE AND I’M GONNA SAY IT AGAIN..THIS MOVEMENT IS DEEPER THAN POLO, NEW JACKS NEED TO FALL BACK….

  • http://www.spag-lo.com SPAG-LO

    >>>> @SpagLO <<<

  • http://www.showyalo.com Wiggz-LO, Extraordinaire

    Amen brotha Spag…once again, the ball has been fumbled in the red zone. I def. applaud the effort and the nod, but the execution was all wrong. With all the fly visuals floating around online, I can’t seem to understand why this didn’t come out better than it did. I used to have a lot of respect for XXL as a magazine, but even that went from sugat to sh*t over the years. Money that obviously did these got hype off the “POLO” remix and decided to whip something together before the competition could get the proper shine. If he really knew the time, he would see it goes much deeper than the brand…hell, even Thirst and Rae kept making references to the sh*t that set it off for Ralph to do what he did, yet all the focus gets put on the overly hype-beasted Snow Beach pully and some clown wit a corny youtube video…man, let me fall back….WWW.SHOWYALO.COM…the real headz know what it iz….

  • http://www.twitter.com/mdmamusic Victorious

    eh’ they tried. i dont know why some people were in the interview but im sure there are a lot of things i dont know .
    the piece vado mentioned was Rugby. not polo. there is a difference. but not everybody know the difference. not everybody gonna care either.
    it is what it is..
    i reached out to one of the brothers in the interview. and connected him up. stay tuned.
    peace to Lo Lifes.
    victorious lo.
    flatbush..

  • The Nite Shift

    The Pimp C Reference is originally from Pimp C, but on a song Called “Doin’ the fool” E40 feat. Pimp C, to Short and Pastor Troy

  • Real Nigga 365

    Yall niggas still hating on Jose Hustle ? Seems like alot of yall old heads got offended from the young nigga’s video. Its was entertainment, do something with your life besides collecting clothes for nothing. He’s working on a degree from an HBCU im pretty sure he couldnt give 2 fucks who got vintage polo or who’s a real OG. He’s mentioned with the greats so let the lil nigga get his shine, fall back.

  • http://youtube.com/youngsheed1 Jose Hustle

    Much Luv to all the supporters and haters. I never thought I’d be mentioned with the Polo ambassadors above. Check out my video blog Jose Hustle TV on youtube, much more than Been Had.

    ** Yall so called Lo heads need to grow up, if your collection was soooooo dope as yall claim, You’d be in the article too

  • http://www.luckylogan.com Logan P. McCoy

    I liked Part 1 a whole lot better. I’m biased, sue me. “Guess and lo from head to toe to let you know, who got the props”. Come on… is it because he didn’t say polo in that song. You figure out what song it was.

  • Goose

    Why are you asking Vado and Young Dro’s opinion?? None of these have history with Lo.. Wearing a rugby from 2009 ain’t shit.. New jacks looking like idiots. Let The Lo Lifes tell this story.. Nice one XXL you screwed this story.

  • Young Bodybag

    What is this bullshit? Just Blaze and 88 Keys sucking their own dicks yet DCV gets minimal shine? This piece can’t even be thoroughly appreciated due to the underuse of potential with the interviewees. Dallas Penn, Thirstin Howl III, Ving, Rae and Sean P could’ve done this interview solo.

  • Brass Tacks

    Dro been rocking POLO! The South been rockin POLO! Get the hell outta here with another N.Y. made shit hot first write-up. The whole prep look was in style in GA back when another coast seemed more comfortable in timbs and a bubble down goose necked whatever the fuck Eskimos wear to keep warm in the antarctic. Please stop swinging from NY’s Hang low every time something that’s universally HIP-HOP. Gets written about!

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